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

Matthews looks Sunderland-bound

first_img He made 42 appearances for the Bhoys last season and picked up a fourth Scottish Premiership winners’ medal in the process. The news of Sunderland’s bid comes after a busy few days for the Wearside club, who completed a permanent deal for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on Wednesday night and then tied up key midfielder Lee Cattermole with a five-year contract extension. In addition, they are understood to be maintaining interests in Zenit St Petersburg’s Belgium international defender Nicolas Lombaerts and Dutch striker Jeremain Lens, who plays for Dynamo Kiev. Press Association Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats have a deal in place for the 23-year-old, who has been linked with a move back to his native Wales in recent months. Matthews joined Celtic from Cardiff in July 2011 and has a year remaining on his contract. center_img Sunderland have agreed a fee with Celtic for sought-after full-back Adam Matthews. last_img read more

Time to believe the football hype

first_imgEvery sunny spring here at USC brings high expectations and hype for the upcoming football season. It seems as if, year after year, the Trojans are projected to compete for the national championship several months before the season has even started. Back in 2012, the Trojans were preseason No. 1, and several experts picked them to win the championship. Well, we all know how that turned out.This year feels different, however. The Trojans have brought in the best recruiting class since the Pete Carroll era, returned one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Cody Kessler and have tremendous talent on both sides of the ball.Coming into spring practice, the Trojans were faced with numerous question marks. Their best player, Leonard Williams, was leaving for the NFL Draft, as was leading wide receiver Nelson Agholor.Off-the-field issues for Bryce Dixon left the tight end position up for grabs, and many wondered whether an offensive line that gave up numerous sacks last season would grow.On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore JuJu Smith and redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell had tremendous spring seasons. Smith, coming off an impressive freshman campaign in which he caught 54 passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns, has slowly become one of Kessler’s favorite targets. After dealing with nagging injuries in his first two seasons, Mitchell came alive during spring practice and fought for the No. 2 spot behind Smith.For the first time in almost a decade, the defense resembles a Carroll-era stalwart. Led by junior Su’a Cravens and sophomore wonder Adoree’ Jackson, the Trojans field one of the best secondaries in the country. Freshman Iman Marshall expects to factor into the rotation as well. Redshirt senior Antwaun Woods will start at nose tackle for the Trojans, hoping to replicate some of the success that Williams had over the past three years.After dealing with the effects of reduced scholarships for the past four years, head coach Steve Sarkisian will finally have some depth to his team. The years of traveling with half a team and practicing without contact because of fear of injury are over. With a recruiting class of 19 players, the Trojans are set to be three-deep at every position with scholarship players, a first in almost four years.Though the Trojans will be much deeper this season, their success will depend on the play of Kessler. He put up phenomenal numbers last season, completing 69 percent of his passes en route to 39 touchdown passes, tying a school record. If the Trojans want to make the jump to elite, however, they will need Kessler to perform better in games against top opponents. Against unranked opponents last year, Kessler threw for 2,434 yards and 32 touchdowns. Meanwhile, he threw for just 1,392 yards and seven touchdowns against ranked opponents, a clear step backward.With another starting season and spring under his belt, Kessler figures to continue his growth as the next great USC quarterback. Though he won’t have the same weapons as Matt Barkley did in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, Kessler will be the main benefactor of Sarkisian’s up-tempo offense. If Kessler is able to lead the Trojans to a strong season, expect his name to be in the Heisman conversation.One key weakness that the Trojans will have to overcome is their lack of seniority. The Trojans return only six senior starters for this upcoming season, but players like Jackson, Cravens and Smith have all taken leadership roles in their underclassman years. The Trojans will have to hope that the incoming freshman class                                        can  follow suit.Heightened expectations put more pressure on Sarkisian, as he takes the reins for his second year in charge. The Trojans started 2014 well before falling apart in losses to Utah, Arizona State and UCLA. The Trojans ended the season on a high note, though, winning the Holiday Bowl over Nebraska. With Sarkisian landing the top recruiting class in the country, however, finishing 9-4, or even 10-3, next season is not going to keep Trojan fans happy. Should the Trojans be out of the playoff race come late November, Sarkisian might find himself looking for another job.Sarkisian is doing his best Carroll impression, opening practices to the media, praising players publicly and opening the offense up. Now it’s time to see if he can replicate the results.The Trojans’ season doesn’t kick off for another five months, on     Sept. 5 against Arkansas State. This team is by far the most well-rounded that USC has fielded in years, combining the right amount of leadership and youth. A lot can happen in those five months, but for now the sky is the limit for this young but talented team.Nick Barbarino is a junior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Agriculture minister heads to Canada for marijuana talks

first_imgThe Jamaica government is to hold talks with major stakeholders in the Canadian marijuana industry later this week as it seeks to consolidate its position within the “fastest growing industry globally right now.”Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw, said he will be travelling to the North American country for talks with industry officials.Fastest-growing industry globally“Every time we talk about cannabis and hemp in Jamaica, is a big joke! But it is the fastest-growing industry globally right now. In Canada, its multiple billions of dollars. And I am going there next week to talk to the cannabis industry in Canada,” Shaw said as he addressed the Credit Union League’s 77th Annual General Meeting and Convention over the last weekend.“Because, how can it be that we — just like we have the best coffee, the best cocoa, the best this, the best that — we also have the best marijuana! And we must just sit around and be a sample nation and talk about two ounces of the thing in we hand middle? And look at what’s happening to cannabis globally!”Held discussions with BOJ re financing industryHe told the convention that he had already held discussions with the governor of the Bank of Jamaica in regard to financing of the industry and that during his trip to Canada he would be seeking to address is “what mechanism they are using to get around that issue right now.“But other countries are doing it: Canada is doing it, Israel is doing it, European countries are doing it. States in the United States are finding ways around these problems related to banking,” Shaw said.He told the convention a “couple decades ago or more when (US) President (Ronald) Reagan said marijuana is the worst thing ever” no one could have foreseen that “now for the past 10 years they have been studying cannabis in the United States because the phenomenon of opioids is destroying America.”Cannabis able replacement for opioids “Synthetic drugs are destroying America. And they are now finding that cannabis is an able replacement for opioids in the United States. Even President Trump has now said, ‘hold on, we have to take another look at medical cannabis’. “He said Jamaica should address the situation of medicinal marijuana seriously.“Well, if America itself is coming around to the view that medical marijuana is an issue that must be focused on, then it’s only a matter of time before the banking has to fall in place to support that,” he added.last_img read more

Croatia fears World Cup chance may never come again

first_imgCroatia’s Luka Modric front and teammates are greeted by French players after their defeat by France in the final match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MOSCOW — The rain hid Croatia’s tears.After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country’s red-and-white checkered uniform.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao victory unites nation anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I wish we are now 24, everyone and Luka especially,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. “There is a time when something needs to end.”Among a crowd of men in dark suits on the World Cup podium, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Grabar-Kitarovic’s team shirt showed her passion for Croatia, a country of barely 4 million people.While some of the players shed tears on the field, fans at home celebrated in the thousands despite the loss.“Overall, we’ve been better,” Lovren said, critical of the way France played. “They did it the other way. They didn’t play football. They waited for their chances and they scored. They had their own tactic and you need to respect that. They played the tournament like that every game.”Croatia went down with the same grit that had taken it through three extra-time matches, all won after conceding the opening goal. When Ivan Perisic scored in the 28th minute after Mario Mandzukic’s own-goal had given France the lead, Croatia looked ready to do it again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Croatia knows Sunday’s 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final was a chance that may not come again anytime soon.“We were so close and we played the best soccer. We deserved more,” said Modric, who at 32 may have played in his last World Cup match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2Croatia’s first golden generation lost to France in the 1998 World Cup semifinals, and its second went one better. Besides Modric, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic will be 38 at the next World Cup in Qatar, midfielder Ivan Rakitic will be 34 and forward Mario Mandzukic will be 36. Then came a penalty, called after a video review, which Antoine Griezmann converted.Trailing 2-1, Croatia conceded two more goals but kept fighting. Mandzukic then took advantage of a goalkeeping error to make it 4-2, becoming the first player to score for both teams in a World Cup final.“When you want to be the best then you need to win, simple as that,” said Lovren, who lost the Champions League final with Liverpool in May. “It’s not easy to accept that. It’s something that I will carry for my life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more